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News and Views June 30, 2006    Volume 6, Number 26

  
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PLANES, MANES, AND AUTOMOBILES' AT PIONEER AIRPORT
Ford and Mustang lovers, don't miss Planes, Manes and Automobiles this weekend, July 1, at Pioneer Airport. This annual event combines two classic examples of American engineering: the legendary P-51 Mustang WWII fighter and a wide selection of Ford Mustangs, ranging from classic 1960s-era models to modern "supercars."

EAA event partner, the Midwest Mustang Association, expects more than 200 cars overall and several P-51s. The event, presented with support from Racette Ford of Oshkosh is free with regular museum admission. EAA members always enter the museum at no charge.

FORD TRI-MOTOR TOUR HAS STRONG OPENING
FLY THE FORD
EAA's 1929 Ford Tri-Motor tour concludes this week at Port Clinton, Ohio 's Keller Field Airport June 30- July 4. Seats are still available, so visit the EAA AirVenture Museum website for complete tour information.

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Q & A: 
Question of the Week
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This is a comment regarding your article about the new "class-specific" sport pilot exams. (click here). My understanding of the FAA terms "category" and "class" would suggest that what the article meant (and should have said) was that the exams are "category-specific," not "class-specific." Categories include things like airplanes, gliders, helicopters, weight shift control, powered parachute, etc.

Class is a subdivision within a category, such as land, sea, multiengine, etc. I suspect that the FAA does not intend to go to this level of specificity in offering distinct knowledge tests, does it? Could you check, and clarify?

Answer:
You've come across one of many areas where the FAA introduced unnecessary confusion into the sport pilot rules by using non-standard terminology. For all other levels of pilot certificate, the category is "airplane," "rotorcraft," "glider," etc. Within these categories are classes of aircraft such as "single-engine land," "single-engine sea," "helicopter," "gyroplane," etc. All existing pilots are familiar with this structure.

For sport pilot privileges, the FAA decided that "airplane," "powered parachute," "weight-shift control," would be called classes of aircraft instead of categories. Within these classes there are "sets" of aircraft that break the classes down into broad groupings of aircraft with similar characteristics, such as tricycle gear, tail wheel gear, seaplanes, etc. This is a totally new way to talk about these aircraft groupings, which is totally different from what existing pilots are used to.

So, as it applies to sport pilot certificates and the testing for those certificates, the term "class" as it relates to airplane, powered parachute, etc. is correct. For sport pilot privileges, there are classes and sets rather than categories and classes as there are for other pilot certificates.

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This is the month everyone in aviation waits for; July and EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. There you can see the best aerobatic performers strut their stuff, like Dave Dacy & Tony Kazian during the daily air shows.

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EAA OPPOSES DUPLICATE PILOT BACKGROUND CHECKS IN NY
Proposed state law rejected three years ago
EAA calls proposed legislation in the State of New York that would require security background checks for all people requesting flight or ground instruction redundant, as the Federal government already performs those duties. EAA is asking its more than 13,000 members in the state to write their elected representatives and Governor George Pataki to urge their opposition to House Bill A02122.
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EAA'S ALCOHOL TEST KIT ENSURES SAFETY OF AUTO FUEL
With more states welcoming and even mandating ethanol in motor fuels for automobiles, the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) is helping pilots who use auto fuel in their airplanes stay safe, with a new alcohol test kit available through EAA.
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ARLINGTON HAS NEW LSA MALL, SPLASH-IN
Arlington Fly-InThe largest EAA regional fly-in, the Arlington EAA Fly-In, gets under way next week, July 5-9, at Arlington Municipal Airport, Washington. Apart from the well-known features-a full slate of forums and workshops, exhibits, air shows, etc.-Arlington has planned some new attractions for 2006 attendees.
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AirVenture News and Views
24 Days Until EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006!
  
    
HALLMARKS OF HOMEBUILDING -
FRANK CHRISTENSEN'S COMPLETE EAGLE II KIT

FRANK CHRISTENSEN'S COMPLETE EAGLE II KITIn the late 1970s, a successful entrepreneur named Frank Christensen became consumed with the idea of creating a homebuilt aerobatic aircraft that anyone could safely build and fly, regardless of their background - a sort of Heath Kit for aircraft homebuilders. Not only did he create the aircraft-the popular Christen Eagle II biplane-but the total package he marketed set a new standard in the completeness of a homebuilt kit and established a true Hallmark of Homebuilding.
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EAA SEEKS 'HALLMARK' AIRCRAFT FLYING INTO AIRVENTURE
Hallmarks of HomebuildingIf you plan on flying into AirVenture with a Baby Ace, KR-1, Rotorway Exec or Ford powered Pietenpol and would like to park in the special Hallmarks of Homebuilding aircraft display, please contact Timm Bogenhagen at 920-426-6831, or e-mail tbogenhagen@eaa.org.
    
TEXACO-BRANDED ORION FLIGHT SERVICES
PROVIDES ONLINE FUEL ORDERING FOR AIRVENTURE

Orion Flight Services has launched a new, web-based fuel ordering system for airplane owners/operators topping off through their Texaco-branded FBO at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Make your fuel arrangements online today and you won't have to hassle with ordering while you're enjoying the World's Greatest Aviation Celebration.
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MEET, GREET AUTHORS AT EAA AIRVENTURE AUTHOR'S CORNER
Author's CornerTake several tables and chairs, more than two dozen accomplished aviation authors with their display of great books, mix in thousands of people, some friendly conversation and more smiles than you can count, and you have Author's Corner at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Author's Corner is open daily in the southeast corner of the EAA Wearhouse.
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JOIN THE EAA MEMBER VILLAGE CREW AT AIRVENTURE
EAA Member VillageEAA is looking for volunteers to help out at the EAA Member Village before, during, and after AirVenture. During the convention, positions include answering basic questions from EAA members, maintaining magazine and brochure displays, assisting with employee breaks, and running member games. Before the big week (July 15-23), we welcome volunteer help setting up the area, as well as tearing down on July 31. If you'd like to help, please contact Kristy Heiman at 920-426-6853 or email at kheiman@eaa.org.
    
SIGN UP FOR WOMEN SOAR AT EAA AIRVENTURE
Women SoarJune 30 is the final day to receive the special registration discount for Women Soar at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. The program introduces young women in grades 8 through 12 to exciting careers in the math, science, and technology fields; highlight educational resources; and inspires them to explore their career opportunities. Cost is $10 if registered by June 30, 2006 ($20 thereafter).
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TAKE A RIDE IN THE SKY AT EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH
If you're heading to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh this year, there are plenty of opportunities to take flights in three distinctively different aircraft: EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast; a Bell 47 helicopter; and EAA's 1927 Ford Tri-Motor. Don't miss out on seeing the World's Greatest Aviation Celebration from above.
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PRE-PLAN YOUR EAA AIRVENTURE ADVENTURE
EAA AirVenture OshkoshForums-Workshops Schedule
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VISIT www.airventure.org FOR LATEST UPDATES
Get the latest news and information about the World's Greatest Aviation Celebration at www.airventure.org, the official website of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006!

SMOOTH OPERATION: ROCKY MOUNTAIN REGIONAL FLY-IN
Rocky Mountain Fly-InOrganizers saw last weekend's Rocky Mountain EAA Regional Fly-In as a golden opportunity to build on the success achieved over the past two years at Front Range Airport (FTG) in Watkins, Colorado. But this year was the first time RMRFI was held in the same location since 2003, as their inaugural event at FTG was on the other side of the airport. Last year they settled in on the current side for what seems the long haul, making this year a time to refine, fine-tune, and improve the annual gathering in the Centennial State.

The result, as fly-in president Jim Cimaluca summed up, was "the smoothest-operating event we've had in a long time."
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EAA CHAPTER HOLDS 7TH SUMMER AIR CAMP
EAA CHAPTER HOLDS 7TH SUMMER AIR CAMPSummer camps with a theme are developing rapidly in the United States, something the members of EAA Chapter 1158 in West Bend, Wisconsin have known for many years. The chapter's 7th Air Camp was held last week for 14 local students aged 13 to 15.
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SECRETARY MINETA A FRIEND TO EAA, AVIATION
DOT Chief to retire next week
SECRETARY MINETA A FRIEND TO EAA, AVIATIONU.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta announced his resignation last week Friday after serving in that capacity for more than five years. Mineta's spokesman told reporters that Mineta planned to pursue "new challenges beyond public service," but was not specific.
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PRIZE WINNERS FOR YOUNG EAGLES DRAWINGS ANNOUNCED
EAA has held the first in a series of drawings to reward the volunteers who provide the tens of thousands of Young Eagles flights, reflecting submitted paperwork from the month of May. The pilots were selected at random from all pilots who flew and registered Young Eagles during May. Ground volunteers were submitted by their local chapter coordinator. Winners will be officially notified by mail.

"The past two months have been very good for Young Eagle activity, but the first quarter of the year was off somewhat," said Steve Buss, EAA Young Eagles Executive Director. "We encourage all Young Eagle pilots to fly children this summer to help pick up the pace so we can reach our goal of flying 100,000 kids in 2006."
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On the Flightline News and Views
    
LEGAL BILLS MOUNT FOR CHICAGO ON ILLEGAL MEIGS CLOSURE
Crain's Chicago Business reports this week that the City of Chicago has spent over a half million dollars fighting the FAA over fines relating to the midnight demolition of Meigs Field on March 30, 2003. That total includes over $200,000 in legal bills fighting a $33,000 fine for closing without proper notice. The rest has been spent on fighting an investigation on the city's alleged improper diversion of airport revenues to demolish the airport, which could end up costing Chicago taxpayers fines of nearly $9 million.

"Not only was the City of Chicago's midnight destruction of Meigs illegal, this shows how desperate they are to justify their actions in the public eye," said Friends of Meigs President Steve Whitney. "Mayor Daley has taken a huge public relations black eye from the Meigs issue, and now he is under constant pressure from a string of other scandals, too."
    
LARGE CUB GATHERING SET FOR FLABOB IN AUGUST
Flabob Airport, Riverside, California, will be the scene for what is expected to be the largest gathering of Piper Cubs in the west this summer. The event, scheduled for Saturday, August 19th, seeks to draw nearly 100 J-3, J-4 and J-5 Cubs to the one-day fly-in. The gathering is open to everyone and, other than food, there are no charges. Join host Short Wing Piper Group for a luncheon, guest speaker, and awards ceremony in the EAA Chapter One Hangar. The rest of the day will be devoted to socializing and fly-bys. For more information contact Kathy Rohm at 951-683-2309, ext. 104.
    
FRASCA SIMULATORS ON DISPLAY AT AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH
Frasca International, Urbana, IL will bring two fixed wing aircraft simulators to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh July 24-30. One will be a Garmin G1000-equipped Mentor and a Cirrus SR22 FTD with Avidyne's Flightmax Entegra avionics and TruVision 170 (Frasca's visual system with a 170 degree display system). The Mentor is widely used for training on advanced avionics. Look for the Frasca exhibit in Hangar C, Booth #3037. Advance appointments for demonstrations are available by contacting Scott Harvey (for Oshkosh) at Frasca International, sharvey@frasca.com or by phone at 217-344-9200.
    
14TH TIME THE CHARM FOR MOONEY CEO
Gretchen Jahn, chief executive officer of Mooney Airplane Company, and her teammate Carol Foy flew a Mooney M20 R Ovation2 GX to victory in the 2006 Air Race Classic June 20-22. They covered the 2,400-mile course from Mesa, Arizona to Menominee, Michigan in an average speed of 195 kts, or more than 21 kts higher than their handicapped speed of 174.23 kts. It was Jahn's first win in 14 tries, but her sixth top 10 finish. For more on the race, visit www.mooney.com/news/media_center.html
    
LYCOMING RECEIVES EASA CERTIFICATION
Lycoming Engines has received European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) type certification for the Lycoming IO-580-B1A Engine. The engine is rated at 315-hp at 2700 RPM, has a 2,000-hour TBO, and features a direct drive (no gear box reduction necessary). It is now the largest displacement six-cylinder engine certified with EASA.
For more information visit www.lycoming.textron.com.
    
ATG FINE-TUNES JAVELIN
Aviation Technology Group, Inc. has made several design changes to its Javelin jet aircraft, including an increase in wing size and enhanced wing lift devices to achieve a lower stall speed; and improved canopy opening mechanism, from a side hinge to an aft hinge (on suggestion from ATG's Pilot-vehicle Interface Working Group). These constitute the last major design changes to the Javelin, freezing its configuration to enable suppliers to start producing the production airframe parts. Initial customer deliveries of the FAA-certified Javelin are slated for 2008. For more information visit www.avtechgroup.com.
    
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